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Relationships Alliance

Tavistock Relationships is one of the four core members of The Relationships Alliance. This corsortium, whose other core members are RelateMarriage Care and One Plus One, exists to ensure that good quality personal and social relationships are more widely acknowledged as central to our health and wellbeing.

Good-quality couple and family relationships, as a wealth of evidence demonstrates (please see the ‘Supporting Evidence’ counterpart to this document), play a vital role in determining the health and wellbeing of adults and improving outcomes for children. Research shows that adults in poor-quality and distressed relationships are much more like to suffer from depression, anxiety and other mental health problems, and from poor physical health. There is also clear evidence that poor-quality parental relationships and inter-parental conflict in particular have a negative impact on children’s mental health and long-term life chances across many areas.
 
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The Relationships Alliance's vsion is of a future in which strong and stable couple, family and social relationships are the basis of a thriving society.

Its mission is to develop and support strong and stable couple, family and social relationships by:

  • Championing the importance of relationships so that they are valued in all aspects of public policy and across national and local government.
  • Helping the media, politicians, policy makers and public service providers to understand how relationships matter.
  • Generating and disseminating high quality information, insight and research on the importance and impact of supporting relationships.
  • Growing the market place for relationship support so that more relationships are supported in more ways.
  • Developing the capacity of the local relationships support sector so that they are able to adapt to rapidly changing public policy.

Couple, family and social relationships are increasingly taking centre stage in public policy. The role and experiences of families are likely to play a significant part in the policy debate in the run up to the 2015 General Election – especially the situation among families facing the combined pressures of stagnant wages and increases in housing, energy and food costs as a result of the recent global recession.

This manifesto, the first of its kind from the Relationships Alliance, sets out a range of policy ideas to take public policy about relationships from the margins to the mainstream. We will only create the necessary conditions for relationships to thrive if they are put at the heart of public policy and here we outline twelve policy ideas to enable this to happen.

The Alliance's manifesto, presented at the House of Commons in November 2014, outlines 12 recommendations to UK policy-makers on how to improve the nation's relationships: click here

In addition to its manifesto, the Relationships Alliance has produced a number of other policy and policy-related publications:

 

 

 

 

 

Our vision is a future in which strong and stable couple, family and social relationships are the basis of a thriving society.

The Relationships Alliance mission is to develop and support strong and stable couple, family and social relationships by:

-          Championing the importance of relationships so that they are valued in all aspects of public policy and across national and local government;

-          Helping the media, politicians, policy makers and public service providers to understand how relationships matter;

-          Generating and disseminating high quality information, insight and research on the importance and impact of supporting relationships;

-          Growing the market place for relationship support so that more relationships are supported in more ways;

-          Developing the capacity of the local relationship support sector so that they are able to adapt to rapidly changing public policy.

The Relationships Alliance consists of Relate, Marriage Care, OnePlusOne and The Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships.  Every year, over one million people access information, education, support and therapy from the members of the Relationships Alliance. We know that many more people could benefit from our support. 

The Relationships Alliance is supported by the Relationships Alliance Network, which is a collection of organisations across the relationship support sector who support thousands of individuals, couples and families each year.